Primary Instrument: Guitar
The award winning Ameranouche trio features the melodic virtuosity of guitarist Richard Sheppard, the vehement rhythm chops of guitarist Ryan Flaherty and the dulcet low end of upright bassist Xar Adelberg. Together, this rip-roaring ensemble is a super force of hot acoustic jazz, sometimes referred to as hot swing or Gypsy jazz. The contrast of other influences like American Soul music, Flamenco and Bop are what give the fast fingered trio such a recognizable sound. All played on acoustic instruments, the music is rhythmic, vigorous and strangely elegant. It’s hard to believe only three people are creating such a big sound.
Ameranouche formed in 2004 and has played venues from the prestigious JVC Newport Jazz Festival and Djangofest Northwest, to busking and club gigs throughout New England, the Mid Atlantic and the South, including tours through Midwest and Southern regions.
Ameranouche continues to embrace the Gypsy muse that helped breathe life into the trios first album, Homage A Manouche. Original gypsy jazz tunes and catchy, acoustic melodies that grabbed the attention of movie producers, magazine editors and major festival circuits. Three original songs from the band's debut album Homage A Manouche are featured in National Lampoon’s feature film Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell. The group was also awarded Best of New Hampshire 2008 by New Hampshire Magazine. A recent highlight for Ameranouche was opening for Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins at the 2008 JVC Newport Jazz Festival held last August. The trio received a standing ovation at Newport, one of the oldest jazz festivals in history.
Awards:Best of New Hampshire 2008
... they were playing on the Waterside Stage as we entered the festival grounds and headed toward the main stage, and their music was so infectious it stopped us in our tracks. - Festival Preview, A Sunday To Remember at Newport Jazz Festival (Aug 13, 2008)
Their unique Gypsy Jazz sound, undeniable talent and cool, mellow stage presence makes them a crowd favorite at any live show - Alyssa Jane Hale, Ourstage.com (Aug 17, 2008)
This is one of those bands that will thrill and amaze any audience! - Shawn Mercer, Over The Bridge Productions (Feb 01, 2007)
Gypsy music tapped into an ethereal sphere, somewhere between J.S. Bach and M. C. Escher. - New Hampshire Magazine (Jul 01, 2008)
New Hampshire's own Ameranouche!!!, has created an album of incredibly inspiring, and very interesting music. The tunes that make up Homage A Manouche are smooth, tasteful, and absolutely swinging. - Christopher Hislop, Seacoast Spotlight Entertainment (Sep 07, 2007)
The trio's debut CD, Homage A Manouche, is a superbly played collection of original compositions and Gypsy Jazz standards that clearly sets them apart as monster players. - Jon Nolan, The Wire (Oct 04, 2006)
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